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Business Writing Training Guidelines for Writing Performance Appraisals

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Performance appraisals play an important role in motivating your employees and in encouraging them to work to the best of their abilities. Appraisals provide an opportunity to shine for many, and an opportunity to reflect for others. Business writing training guidelines assist the difficult task for both business owners and managers to evaluate employee performance against quantifiable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Business writing training guidelines will also help individuals better document their achievements during their annual performance review.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills, Business Writing Training

How to Improve Your Employees Business Writing Skills [Quick Tips]

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Aug 31, 2016

How to improve business writing skills is a vexing issue for many businesses. Employees' ability to write clearly and convert complex information into summarized, well-written business documents offers a huge competitive advantage. 

Although improving business writing skills seems like an easy thing to do, it really isn’t. Many senior executives and leaders struggle with large chunks of data and disparate information. They lack the ability to extract relevant information from mere noise and convert it into a meaningful, result-oriented message.

Employees spend too much time planning, writing, and proofreading business documents. Final documents have too many errors. Sentences lack a logical transition of ideas. The end result is a poorly written document that reflects poorly on business and impairs employee productivity.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills, Business Writing Training

Make Business Writing Training Stick

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Many organizations understand that their employees need business writing training. Most employees spend more time writing at work than any other work task. Email, report writing, meeting summaries, etc., are the primary channels that stream information across and out of all organizations. 

But, it’s important to realize that business writing training should not be a one-off activity. It requires cultivation as well as training. Your employees need an on-going and continual support plan. And, ideally, they need continuous monitoring.

And also importantly, managers and senior executives need to model the way you want information presented in writing at your company.

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Topics: Business Writing Training

5 Factors for Effective Business Writing Training

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Dec 22, 2015

When it comes to business writing, which encompasses everything from email and report writing to marketing messages, even the Fortune 500 companies face crisis. All around the globe, organizations spend millions on staff training for leadership, motivation, team‐building and whatnot, but invest far less in business writing training. This is a costly mistake. In most companies, employees spend fully 40% of their time ‐‐ or more ‐‐ writing each day. Enhancing this skill will greatly reduce time writing each document and yield better business writing. 

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Topics: Business Writing Training

Improve Business Writing Skills with the Right Measurements

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Of the many challenges a business faces when it comes to improving the business writing skills of its employees, the biggest challenge is selecting a yardstick for comparison. Since writing is a subjective skill, deciding the appropriate standard to differentiate “good” business writing from “bad” business writing is difficult.

Similarly, “good business writing” appears to be a fuzzy concept that is difficult to measure. How then, can one define and measure good business writing skills? What should be measured and what tools can help?


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Topics: Business Writing Training

Improve Business Writing Skills to Increase Productivity and Revenue

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Your employees’ abilities to write and rewrite, clearly and concisely, goes a long way in establishing a competitive advantage for your business. If you want to make the best first impression on all your customers, clients, vendors, other transacting parties, and anyone who comes in contact with your business, then your employees need to master the art of effective business writing skills.

Because most employees spend a substantial part of each workday writing -- whether it's email, reports, briefings, presentations, or requirements summaries -- improving business writing skills will save your company money and increase employee productivity.

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Topics: Business Writing Training

Joseph Pulitzer, the Elements of Good Writing and the Advantages of a Business Writing Course

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Jan 16, 2015

There are many different kinds of business writing, from reports and business letters and emails to proposals and even comments on social media. You could write a slogan for a business or come up with a simple business card. There are many types of writing that are important in business. 

If you want to make a good impression on customers, business partners and anyone else who comes into contact with your company, you need to be good at business writing. There is no way around it - you must be able to communicate the knowledge in your head into written business documents. If you can't do this with skill and ease, your career will suffer. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager, or an administrative assistant, a business writing course is going to be invaluable to you. It can help you move up the ranks of a company or attract more sales, depending on your business objective. Here are just a few of the aspects about good business writing you can expect to learn:

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Topics: Business Writing Training

Reader Response? How a Business Writing Course Can Improve B2B Emails

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

No Worries: Yours is Just One of 100 Billion

That message you sent to a new prospect was one of 100 billion business emails that make up daily email traffic.

Stop. Read the first sentence again. Note two key words: “business” and “daily.” The 100 billion statistic includes only business-related emails; Nancy asking Gran for her meatloaf recipe isn’t included. And that’s 100 billion per day – not per month, quarter or year.

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Topics: Business Email Writing, Business Writing Training

How to Measure Employee Business Writing Skills

by Mary Cullen on Thu, Dec 5, 2013

One of the challenges of improving business writing in an organization is actually measuring business writing skills. "Good business writing" is a coveted skill for every analytical and collaborative employee. But, "good business writing" is also an fuzzy concept and tough to codify and measure.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills, Business Writing Training